Disabled entrepreneur who fought for life in hospital launches awards for unsung Doncaster heroes

One of the students at the project gets to work.
One of the students at the project gets to work.

A disabled entrepreneur is launching an awards scheme to honour unsung heroes - after coming up with the idea while fighting for his life in hospital.

Wheelchair user Shane Bratby, who suffers from Friedreich’s ataxia which damages the nervous system, caught pneumonia while waiting in the rain for a taxi outside Doncaster Railway Station earlier this year and spent three months battling for survival in Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

It was during this time that he was inspired by dedicated medical staff who saved his life to launch an awards ceremony for everyday, hard-working people.

This is not the first time the 31-year-old father-of-three, of Hexthorpe, has sought to help other people either, as he has helped thousands of disabled people to get their businesses off the ground through his organisation Disabled Entrepreneurs UK.

He said: “While i was laid in hospital in a bad way near death, there was one nurse who made sure I was comfortable and she was always by my side. I promised her that when I got out I would make it up to her and everyone who has a good soul so I came up with the idea of an awards ceremony.”

The upshot of his vision is Doncaster Recognition Day, held at Doncaster’s Mansion House on January 20 from 6pm. Civic leaders including Doncaster mayor Ros Jones are invited. The public can nominate community heroes in three categories:- Goodwill citizen award, goodwill business award and goodwill charity award. Visit http://www.recognitionday.co.uk/